Capital Campaign

The Campaign for North Bay Children’s Center

Ensuring a Path to Academic Success for All Children

Evidence demonstrates that academic success and indeed, one’s economic and social status in life
are often determined by the level of reading, math and learning skills attained by the third grade.
In other words, building a solid pre-school foundation is essential.

For building and garden naming opportunities or to make a one time pledge to the Bright Futures Campaign, contact:
Lori Mogan, VP of Development    415.883.6222

Photos from NBCC’s Groundbreaking Ceremony, held on May 18, 2023

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To build a state-of-the-art child development center and learning lab to ensure ALL North Bay children have access to the essential start they deserve.
In the North Bay, there is a widening gap between children growing up in strong, economically secure families—within thriving communities—and children who are not.

Yet right here in one of the most abundant places we call home:

  • 35% of Marin County 3- and 4-year old children do not attend preschool, often due to the high costs for families.
  • 65% of Marin’s disadvantaged children do not read at grade level.
  • As many as 800 Marin families are currently on a wait list and unable to secure affordable child care.

And there are simply not enough facilities or trained teachers to meet the rapidly growing needs in both counties.

North Bay Children’s Center is in the final stages of a capital campaign for the redevelopment of its headquarters site in Novato, CA.  The 11M project will replace badly deteriorated, unusable buildings with a safe, permanent, modern, and nurturing child development center. Once completed, this project will have a lasting and absolute impact on our ability to nearly double the childcare capacity of the replaced buildings from 72 to 176 children, and in concert with our 12 satellite sites, annually deliver early childhood education to more than 800 low-income children in Marin and Sonoma Counties, positively changing the future educational and economic achievement for our community’s youngest learners.

The Bright Futures campaign will strengthen our early education workforce by creating a North Bay Learning Lab for training teachers, parents and school administrators in the ingredients of NBCC’s successful formula. These highly trained teachers will be able to integrate NBCC’s core competencies’ such as “Raising a Reader” and Garden of Eatin’® nutrition education into their daily lessons. The Lab will also provide needed space for NBCC to further fine tune and enhance these key determinants of student success.

With an expanded, solid infrastructure to fully support more sites throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties, NBCC will increase the number of North Bay children with access to preschool and the path to economic and academic success. And each dollar invested in the Bright Futures campaign will decrease the inevitable costs to society if these children fail to prepare for the work force and are unable to earn a living wage.

Bright Futures
Construction Phases:

Phase 1: Off-Site Improvements
Permits, sewer, domestic water, reclaimed water, and storm water trenching and piping; connections to utility districts; backfill and functional testing of services.

Phase 2: Site Improvements
Permits, demolition, remove old foundations, clear site, underground piping for utilities, site grading, install bioretention systems, sidewalk, curbs and street drainage, base for perimeter fencing, parking lot modifications, paving, site lighting.

Phase 3: Core and Shell
Site concrete, foundation, ramps and stairs, floors, walls, roof, HVAC rough-in, electrical rough-in, plumbing rough-in, exterior windows and doors, parking lot charging station installation, some interior framing, fire sprinkler installation, exterior paint, fencing, security system and IT cabling and routing. 

Phase 4: Fixtures and Finishes
All interior walls, final utility distribution and trim, casework, flooring, kitchen appliances, ceilings, paint, doors, all toilet rooms. Final functional testing, inspections, and occupancy certificate.

The Bright Futures Campaign will transform the lives of our youngest learners. In order to be successful, families need access to affordable child care and a strong educational start for their children. Each child and family we serve has a greater chance of success in leading productive healthy lives and we all have a chance at a brighter future when we eliminate the academic achievement gap before it begins.

Al Brayton, Honorary Chair

For more Information:

Susan Gilmore,
President & CEO

Lori Mogan,
VP of Development

North Bay Children’s Center
932 C Street, Novato, CA 94949 415.883.6222

14 North Bay Locations

Novato • Petaluma • Rohnert Park • Sonoma • Santa Rosa • Healdsburg

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